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New to Nikon (D4 & SB-910)
Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 3:39 AM on 11.03.12
->> After 14 years of Canon recently switched to Nikon, tried a lot of different combinations setting wise, gone through the manual and online searching for answers but the ones I've found are not working for these two issues. I'm sure it's something minor I'm missing being new to the brand, but just coming up blank so far.

- First issue is with the D4 during games, I'll be focusing on a subject like a running back heading upfield and it will lock on him for a bit but then jump off to someone in the background, to the side or in front of them, etc., even though the focal point is on their chest the entire time and set to normal for tracking. Tried to match the settings I was using with the D3s (Ron Vesely recommended settings from his website) for first month of shooting Nikon but never had any issue, it seemed every single shot was perfect focus with the D3s! So wondering if it's something missing with the new features of the D4.

- Second issue is with the SB-910, manual, auto mode with pre-flash off, no matter what the pre-flash is not stopping. Using it for for fill in moments before/after games and not at time when having a kid pose, so by the time the thing fires moment is gone.

Any suggestions will be glad to try them out!
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 10:11 AM on 11.03.12
->> Mike I can't help with the first issue but with the SB-910 make sure you have red-eye settings turned off... I've never noticed a pre-flash last long enough to cost me a shot... red-eye reduction on the other hand will fire a longer series and HAS cost me frames...
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Greg Francis, Photographer
Rochester | NY | USA | Posted: 10:47 AM on 11.03.12
->> It sounds like you might have a larger AF area chosen than needed if it's jumping to subjects nearby, in the menus check if you've got 9 af points circle surrounding the main point, or 54 points etc. I mostly use single AF point, sometimes 9 point sphere.

The switch on the rear above your thumb controls the single af point, or sphere around the single af point.

Ditto what Eric said on the strobe.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:09 AM on 11.03.12
->> Ditto on both Eric and Greg.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 7:20 PM on 11.17.12
->> Haven't shot in two weeks so wanted to wait to respond till giving it a real world test - flash issue fixed, thanks - thought I turned red eye off but was on. Focus had done single and didn't help much to begin with, today through two games was pretty good though jumped at times - soon as the third game under the lights hit though became much worse. Will be locked on a guy and the first one or two are OK, then just can't keep up with the kid, great light to.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 7:55 PM on 11.17.12
->> Mike are you using the 3D focus tracking? I'm not sure the 3d focus is even one of the focus modes on the D4 (it's available on the D3) if it is, THAT may be the problem. Based on your description it almost sounds like 3d tracking. Also set the focus points to the minimum needed to get the job done. I'm pretty sure I only run 9 points and rarely 21 points.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 12:03 AM on 11.19.12
->> No, not using 3D - been using 9 or single, don't remember if tried 21. Wrote that last night at half time, in the sun (at back/side) all day there just wasn't a problem all of a sudden for the most part. Night though had a roll out (left to right) and first image was in and rest were out, then up field running towards me same thing. This time though wasn't jumping to anyone else, just completely out of focus. Tried lower fps as someone emailed me as well, wasn't helping. Weirdest part is if there's action somewhere and literally turn quick seems to nail every shot, but when staying with a guy entire time it doesn't.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 12:04 PM on 11.19.12
->> Mike, how about the "Focus tracking with lock-on" setting (a4 on a D3)? I have seen that setting do some weird things before....
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Craig Strobeck, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 2:34 PM on 11.19.12
->> I concur with Randy. It must be the "Focus tracking with lock-on".
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 2:33 AM on 11.20.12
->> Have done normal and 2 so far with those, same as with D3s and never had a problem at all.
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Michael Prengler, Photographer
Dallas / Ft. Worth | TX | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 11.20.12
->> Mike I sent you an email on this but it sounds like you might have the C/S/M switch on the front of the camera set to S mode. S is Single Servo mode which will produce the exact results you are describing if you are trying to shoot action shots. C is Continuous Servo mode which is for tracking subjects. If this does turn out to be the case I would suggest you set your A2 to focus priority, this will cause the camera to fire at like 1fps when you're accidentally in S mode shooting action which should trigger an alarm in your head that you're in the wrong servo mode.
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 10:40 PM on 11.20.12
->> It's on continuous, was thinking maybe something new I was missing on the D4 but so far nothing suggested is out of the ordinary so chalking it up to maybe just needs an NPS visit if it continues. Will keep trying some different combinations but basic settings seem to be in line with what they should be.
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